First Financial Northwest (FFNW) Receives Daily Media Sentiment Score of 0.03

Press coverage about First Financial Northwest (NASDAQ:FFNW) has trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern. The research firm ranks the sentiment of press coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. First Financial Northwest earned a media sentiment score of 0.03 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned headlines about the bank an impact score of 49.5287699286133 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

FFNW has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. Zacks Investment Research upgraded First Financial Northwest from a “sell” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $18.00 price objective for the company in a research note on Monday, January 8th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $19.00 price objective on shares of First Financial Northwest in a research note on Friday, December 22nd. Finally, FIG Partners upgraded First Financial Northwest from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating in a research note on Monday, February 12th.

Shares of First Financial Northwest (NASDAQ FFNW) traded down $0.35 during trading hours on Wednesday, hitting $16.66. The company had a trading volume of 13,291 shares, compared to its average volume of 17,132. The company has a market cap of $179.82, a P/E ratio of 20.57, a PEG ratio of 1.49 and a beta of 0.29. The company has a current ratio of 1.17, a quick ratio of 1.17 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.36. First Financial Northwest has a 52 week low of $13.13 and a 52 week high of $19.89.

First Financial Northwest (NASDAQ:FFNW) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, January 25th. The bank reported $0.31 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.23 by $0.08. The company had revenue of $10.60 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $10.60 million. First Financial Northwest had a return on equity of 6.54% and a net margin of 17.01%. research analysts predict that First Financial Northwest will post 1.13 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, March 23rd. Investors of record on Friday, March 9th will be issued a $0.07 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, March 8th. This represents a $0.28 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.68%. First Financial Northwest’s dividend payout ratio is presently 34.57%.

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First Financial Northwest Company Profile

First Financial Northwest, Inc (First Financial Northwest) is a holding company for First Financial Northwest Bank (the Bank). The Bank primarily serves the greater Puget Sound region of King and to a lesser extent, Pierce, Snohomish and Kitsap Counties, Washington through its full-service banking office located in Renton, Washington and branch office in Mill Creek, Washington.

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